Halibut Treaty, 2 Mar 1923, a Canadian-American agreement concerning fishing rights in the N Pacific Ocean; the first treaty independently negotiated and signed by the Canadian government. Although Canada's right to negotiate commercial treaties was well established, the British wished to sign the convention along with Canada, as they always had. PM Mackenzie KING
argued that the matter was solely the concern of Canada and the US; he threatened separate Canadian representation in Washington, and the British acquiesced. The Halibut precedent, confirmed by the Imperial Conference of 1923, was an important step towards establishment of Canada's right to separate diplomatic action. See also EXTERNAL RELATIONS
Links to Other Sites
Fisheries and Oceans Canada website about the status of the halibut fishery and halibut biology.